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Mid-Century Modern

Modernism Week Palm Springs

Modernism Week Palm Springs still has me buzzed from all its mid-century modern fabulousness.   Now, I’m seeing mid-century modern design everywhere I go and have a new-found appreciation for clerestory windows.  I’ve loved Palm Springs ever since I was a little girl and my Mom and I and our best friends would drive out to the desert periodically to “look for real estate.”  While they never bought anything, these forays into the slower-paced desert environment held a long-lasting allure for me.  And, I think now after attending my first Modernism Week Palm Springs, I am seriously rekindling my love for this desert oasis.   Here are a few peeks from our travels.

Let’s start with where we stayed, which was pointed out on the Modernism Week Bus Tour ~ the wonderful Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs. At $169/night for the Limnos Room, including a lovely breakfast on the patio, we thought it was well worth it to stay in such a peaceful and unique setting.   Our room was cozy and quiet.

Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs

Korakia Pensione in Palm Springs

 

Korakia is simply magical, but especially at night

Korakia is simply magical, but especially at night

The gorgeous view from our bathroom at Korakia

The gorgeous view from our bathroom at Korakia

The pool at dusk

The pool at dusk

We checked in at Camp for our first Modernism Week event – a double decker bus tour which covered many of the more interesting mid-century neighborhoods in Palm Springs, including the Movie Colony, Twin Palms – home of the infamous Frank Sinatra estate – and Las Palmas.  We were regaled with stories of how Frank would broadcast that he was ready for friends to join him for drinks by hoisting a Jack Daniel’s flag between the two palm trees in his front yard.  You can rent out his estate now for private events (flag not included).

Since we were on the upper deck of the bus, we were afforded views of some of the most amazing mid-century modern estates – absolute gems that typically hide at street level behind 20-foot tall rows of hedges.  We even met some nice folks from Minnesota who have second homes in Palm Springs and wanted to learn more about the architecture of their communities by attending Modernism Week.  This tour certainly fit the bill.  Just keep an eye out for those low-hanging palm fronds!

Double-decker bus tour of Palm Springs

Double-decker bus tour of Palm Springs

 

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Camp at Modernism Week 2015

Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs

Mid-Century Architecture in Palm Springs

I would have had lots of great photos to show you, but alas my IPhone storage was all filled up and so I didn’t capture a lot of images on the bus tour. Argh!  But these give you the general idea. Palm Springs has the highest concentration of mid-century architecture in the entire world.  Wow!

Cork N Bottle on Palm Canyon Drive

Cork N Bottle on Palm Canyon Drive

Unfortunately, the architect of the Cork N' Bottle remains a mystery

Unfortunately, the architect of the Cork N’ Bottle remains a mystery

Korakia's Moroccan-themed architecture glowing at night

Korakia’s Moroccan-themed architecture glowing at night

Viceroy Hotel pool

Viceroy Hotel pool

This photo of the Viceroy Hotel pool at night reminds me of lovely dinner we had dining poolside with our friend Lisa Kramer of Lisa Kramer Vintage and of all the great food that Palm Springs now has to offer.  It used to be that back in the day, you’d head to Louise’s Pantry on Palm Canyon Drive for their fruit and sherbet salad served up by their beehive-wearing wait staff.  Sigh.  But now Palm Springs has become a foodie’s paradise.  Here are just a few of my recommendations:

~ Workshop Kitchen + Bar

~ Birba

~ Jake’s Grill

~ Cheeky’s

~ Citron at the Viceroy Hotel

Avocado drizzled with honey stuffed with goat cheese and chopped almonds at Kitchen Workshop + Bar

Avocado drizzled with honey stuffed with goat cheese and chopped almonds at Kitchen Workshop + Bar

And, speaking of Lisa Kramer and vintage, this takes us to the actual reason that many flock to Palm Springs during Modernism – the Modernism Show and Sale at the Palm Springs Convention Center.  Oh my – such a bounty of beauty under one roof.  Here are just a few shots of the sale.

Getting our ticket to the show!

Getting our ticket to the show!

 

Mid-century furnishings for sale at the show by Porter & Plunk

Mid-century furnishings for sale at the show

 

Oakland representing at Modernism Week

Oakland representing at Modernism Week

Lisa Kramer's jewelry booth was all abuzz

Lisa Kramer’s jewelry booth was all abuzz

This couple definitely donning their mid-century duds

This couple definitely donning their mid-century duds

Paul Kaplan could even help you find a mid-century house !

Paul Kaplan could even help you find a mid-century house!

There's just too much mid-century goodness to show

There’s just too much mid-century goodness to show you

Viewing all the great stuff at the Modernism Show got us inspired to ride our Korakia courtesy bikes over to the Palm Springs Vintage Market which was just a few blocks from the Convention Center.  There was alot we wanted to buy, but since we were on our bicycles, we had to settle for just the basics – like this vintage Valentine.  When you moved the dials on the phone, different sayings would emerge.  So dang cute!

A vintage valentine from the PS Vintage Market

A vintage valentine from the PS Vintage Market

Aisles of vintage goodness at the Palm Springs Vintage Market

Aisles of vintage goodness at the Palm Springs Vintage Market

Great vintage fashions at the Palm Springs Vintage Market

Great vintage fashions at the Palm Springs Vintage Market

More vintage finds at the PS Vintage Market

More vintage finds at the PS Vintage Market

palm springs vintage market

PS Vintage Market happens the first Sunday of the Month

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Loved this vignette

And this one

And this one

I wanted this cool lamp but I couldn't carry it on my bike (or in my luggage)

I wanted this cool lamp but I couldn’t carry it on my bike (or in my luggage)

Every home should have a complete set of corn-on-the cob holders

Every home should have a complete corn service set!

We went to another fabulous Modernism Week Palm Springs event called “Palm Springs With A Twist” which included 5 different presenters telling little-known facts about Palm Springs.  It was great, and was held at the Desert Star which was mid-century fabulous, in and of itself.  You can stay at the Desert Star, as it’s also a vacation rental!

Palm Springs With A Twist

Vintage car at Palm Springs With A Twist

Palm Springs Modernism Week

Palm Springs with a Twist

All this is to say that we had a FAB time at Modernism Week 2015 and we will definitely be back next year!!!

Happy Thrifting!

Mimi


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One Response to “Modernism Week Palm Springs

  1. Maryann,

    Thanks for sharing photos of my booth at the Modernism Show. It was great seeing you there.

    Lisa

    Posted by Lisa | February 26, 2015, 8:41 pm

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